Marion High School

719 N. Main St., Marion, South Carolina


Marion High School, Right Oblique

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Constructed ca. 1923, Marion High School is an educational building in the Classical Revival style built during a period of increased State funding for education. It is a noteworthy example of the work of the Florence architectural firm of W. J. Wilkins and Company. The firm was well known for its work with public buildings, schools, and churches of this period. Marion High opened in 1924 with an attendance of 201 students. Features of the new school included a gymnasium, a physics and chemistry laboratory, a domestic science department with sewing and cooking rooms, agriculture laboratory, and a commercial department. The building served as a high school until 1975 when Marion High relocated. It then became the home for Marion Elementary School until 1994. This two-story building is constructed of brick and rests on a brick foundation. A beveled, cast stone water table encircles the building. The building’s main façade features baroque massing with projecting central and end pavilions. The central pavilion contains a two-story cast stone frontispiece with molded Tudor arched portal featuring spandrels and a label and a triple window on the upper floor. The façade is pierced by paired windows on either side of the central pavilion and triple windows elsewhere. Both the north and south sides of the building have the same window configuration with 9/9 double-hung wood sash. All windows feature cast stone lintels with dropped corner blocks. An additional beveled stringcourse acts as the building’s cornice while a cast stone block embellished parapet with stepped central pediment, cast stone coping and crenellations surrounds the top of the building. Listed in the National Register June 6, 2001. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 6, 2001
Reference number
Architectural style
American Movement
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1924; 1940
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

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  • September 26, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo
  • September 26, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller